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‘The Hunger Games’ Fan Film and Trailer

November 18, 2010

After the Twilight books were derided for being poorly written and too full of teen angst, people quietly starting devouring an alternative: Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy.

Although the series is technically geared toward the same age group (teenagers), The Hunger Games is infinitely more dark and disturbing. In fact, after I finished the first book (The Hunger Games) I was pretty shocked that it was considered young-adult literature.

The Hunger Games takes place in a dystopian future, where the government (dubbed The Capital) controls every aspect of its citizens.  Most people are starving and controlled via food and commodity rationing.  Citizens live in one of 12 “districts.”

Each year every district holds a lottery in which one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen to represent their district in The Hunger Games.  What are the Hunger Games, you ask?  Think Survivor, but to the death.  That’s right, the kids are released into a designated area and fight to death.  Some are murdered, some starve to death, and some die of exposure.  It’s just another heartwarming teen drama…

The first novel is a quick, compelling read.  Collins touches on some fascinating themes about violence, society, and our voyeuristic love of reality television.  Is this where we are headed?  Similar themes were explored in The Running Man and The Long Walk, both of which were written by Stephen King.

Protagonist Katniss steps in for her little sister when she is chosen by the district.  She is the anti-Bella.  She is strong, capable, shrewd and doesn’t need a man (although she does find herself in a love triangle of sorts).

I have been obsessed with thinking about what kind of movie this will be.  The film is listed as being in pre-production on IMDB, so we will have to wait several years to see a product. However, some really amazing fan-made trailers and clips are starting to emerge that have me excited.

If you haven’t read the first book, don’t watch the first clip, entitled “Katniss and Rue.”  Very spoilery.  The second clip is a fan-made trailer, safe for all eyes.  If you have read the books, I am curious to know what you think of these.  I am pretty impressed.

The entire trilogy of books has been offered as a box set, just in time for Christmas.


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9 Responses to “ ‘The Hunger Games’ Fan Film and Trailer ”

  1. Maya on November 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    interesting. too scary for me though. I watched the second clip. the gym training scene looks the same as the place they film Nikita.

  2. Jane on November 19, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I’m starting the book tonight – I can’t wait…

  3. m. on November 19, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Very impressive trailors!..I hope Gary Ross (The Hunger Games film director) is taking notice.

  4. amh on November 21, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I’m a huge Hunger Games series fan and was concerned about how it would translate on screen. After seeing the clip and the trailer I am ecstatic about it’s release! I’m so glad they went with “no name” actors. I could be wrong as I’m not that in touch with Hollywood, but I think the way to go is to Katniss to be Katniss and not some star. Wow. That’s all I can say!

  5. Shannon Hood on November 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Yeah, but remember, this is fan-made. This is not from the actual studio. It could still be horrible. I actually heard Megan Fox’s name tossed around for Katniss. That would be a disaster.

  6. amh on November 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Whoa. Completely skipped over the line that says “fan-made.” Yes, I agree, if Megan Fox is Katniss I will not watch it. It wouldn’t be taken seriously, at least not by me. Ugh.

  7. Francesca on November 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I love the books, read them 4 times over and i cry everytime. Me and my friends always talk about it and i love Peeta he is such a babe.
    Please dont get someone too famous to play Katniss… you could consider me ;)
    and make Peeta really hot. I love him.
    and don’t even think about comparing it too Twilight…. Its SO much better than that! xx

  8. Jojo SALCOMBE on November 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I love the books, too. They’re amazing. Francesca should SO get the part. She is AMAZING!!! HOwever, i was a man and didn’t cry when i read them but the are incredibly sad in places. I would definitely read them again!!!

  9. Florentine on November 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    The books are absolutely incredible. Francesca should be in the film, i want to be in them too … so when are the auditions? i would love to be katniss.(:
    I cried lots too. the books are so good! I hope the film is just as good – i cant wait! (: xxx